Friday, September 22, 2017

Internet Whispers

A professor in Economics at Harvard wrote an article in the New York Times that tries to correlate the frequency of "iPhone slow" searches to see if there's any truth to the persistent conspiracy theory that Apple deliberately makes older iPhones run more slowly to make customers buy new phones. The article cautions: "Data on search frequency would not allow us to infer intent. No matter how suggestive, this data alone doesn’t allow you to determine conclusively whether my phone is actually slower and, if so, why."

By the time the Daily Mail got to it, the headline is already "Does Apple deliberately slow its old models before a new release?" Okay, it's a leading question unsupported by facts, but perhaps not quite an outright lie yet.

Then in just one more stop, Deneb Verdad writes "Harvard Study Proves Apple Slows Down old iPhones to Sell Millions of New Models."

Thucking norons.

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